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“ And from him suck'd wit and devotion too. A diftinguished trait in the character of this Prelate, who was first known to the world as the friend of Lord Falkland, and to whom Mr. Waller owns himself indebted for his taste of the ancient classics, may be discovered from the following parrative. 66 Being consulted by the Mayor of a country Corporation, what A method he should take effectually to root out the fanatics in ëhe year of his « Mayoralty ; the Bishop, now growing old, first preached friendliness to him, by « ordering him a glass of Canary, as oft as he started the question in company ;
and next admonished him, when alone, to let those people live quietly, in 56 many of whom, he was facisfied, there was the true fear of God, and who were " not likely to be gained by rigour and severity." See « Kennet's Regifter," p. 816.
$ After the Restoration, many Divines, who had been educated among the Pu. rilans, and had gone into the notions and scheme of Prefbytery, upon mature thoughts, judged it lawful, and even eligible to conform for the honour and interest of the Chriftian religion, and for the peace and happiness of this church and mation. Among there was Dr. Seth Ward, celebrated for his mathematical studies. Having been appointed President of Trinity College, Oxford, in 1659, he was eie&ted in 1660: In which year he was admitted Precentor of Exeter, Dean in 1661, and Bishop in 1662. He was translated to the fee of Salisbury in 1667, and upon his death, in 1688, was succeeded by Dr. Burnet, who has given a character of him in “ The History of his own Times." A few years betore bis death, he suffered a fatal decay, not only in his body, but in his intellc&tual facul. ties. For, to the mortification of all human sufficiency and wisdom, this great mafter of reason fo entirely lost the use of his understanding, as to become an obiect of compassion, and uneasiness to himself, and a burden to his friends and attendants. See “ Dr. Walter Pope's Life of Seth, Bishop of Salitbury,"
of Arts, he attended his uncle, Mr. Ken', to Rome, where he was prelent at the jubilee appointed by Pope Clement X. in 1675. On this occasion Ken was wont to say, “That he had great reason to “ give God thanks for his travels; fince, if it were possible, he re“ turned rather more confirmed of the purity of the Protestant re. “ ligion than he was before.” During his residence in Italy, that country, which is justly called the great School of Mufic and Painting, the rich Repository of the noblest productions of Statuary and Architecture, both ancient and modern, young Mr. Walton indulged and improved his taste for the fine arts". On his return to England, he retired to the University of Oxford, to prosecute his ftudies. Having afterward accepted an invitation from Bishop Ward, to become his domestic chaplain, he was preferred to the Rectory of Polfhot, near Devizes, in Wiltshire, and elected a Canon of Salisbury. He afforded much assistance to Dr. John Walker, when engaged in his “ History of the Sufferings of the Clergy," communicating to him a variety of materials for that excellent work. He possessed all the amiable qualities that adorned the character of his father, a calm philanthropy, a genuine piely, an unaffected humility. It was at the house of this his nephew, that Dr. Ken was upon a visit when a stack of chimnies fell into his bed-chamber, Nov. 27, 1703, without doing him any harm; whilft Dr. Kidder, his immediate successor in the See of Bath and Wells, was unfortunately killed with his Lady by a similar accident, during the same storm, in his palace at Wells.' Mr. Walton, junior, died in 1716. His remains lie interred at the feet of his friend and patron, Bishop Ward, in the Cathedral of Salisbury'.
t Ken was not admitted to the degree of D. D. till 1679.
* Walton, in his “ Complete Angler," frequently cites authors that have written only in Latin, as Gesner, Aldrovandus, Rondeletius, and others. The voluminous History of Animals, composed by Gesner, is translated into English by Mr. Ed. ward Topsel. This translation was published in 1658, and as it contained numberless particulars, extracted from the works of various writers concerning frogs, serpents, and caterpillars, it furnished our author with much intelligence. “Pliny's Natural History" was translated by Dr. Philemon Holland, Allo there were versions of the tract of Janus Dubravius " de Piscinis et Piscium Naturâ," and of “ Lebault's Maison Rustique," so often referred to by him in the course of his Work. (See the i Biographical Dictionary, London, 1784.")-In “ The Life of Dr. Sanderson," Walton has quoted Thucydides. It must be 'remembered, that Hobbes printed his English tranNacion of “ The History of the Græcion War," in 1628.
y a circumstance mentioned in this narrative, reminds me of the description of a domeftic pi&ture, in “ The Life of Melanethon," who was seen by one of his friends, “ with one hand rocking the cradle of his child, with the other holding “ a book."